Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dr. D is Random Enough for Tuesdays

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Stacy Uncorked

Tuesday means linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  

Monday night i got a text from Dr. D asking me to meet her at 7:30am at her favorite car repair shop.  When i got there Tuesday morning, she promptly handed me a sterling silver spaghetti stirring spoon, a Swiss army knife, a gallon jug of water, a note to herself about something she wanted to do, a pair of pants in a plastic bag, and a business card from someone who calls herself "The Pie Lady" (whom we later called to order pies -- chicken pot pies, to be specific).

After giving the key to her truck to the mechanic and a note about what she wanted done, we stopped at the cleaners, then went to the locally owned bookstore where she used to have a small office.  Five crates of papers from her former office overloaded into Lunceford the Land Yacht later and we were on our way to the donut shop for her pig-in-a-blanket.

Dr. D has now got me involved in stealth gardening.  Up the street from where she lives is the home of an elderly gentleman she knows who loves plants but cannot tend them much any more on his own.  She has secretly planted five tomato plants right at the servitude that adjoins his house, and on the way to her house we stopped and used the Swiss army knife to open the packet of fertilizer she left over there (under the bucket by the back window) and used the sterling silver spaghetti stirring spoon to mix the fertilizer into the dirt.  After all, what else do you use a sterling silver spaghetti stirring spoon for?  She showed me how to water the plants and gave me a schedule to keep while she is out of town.  Her ultimate plan is to surprise him with garden fresh tomatoes in a few months.

My spaghetti stirring spoon, most assuredly not silver but you can see how the business end would do well digging in the dirt.

Back at her house, most of the day was spent going through the papers from her former office and looking for one specific file which we never did find (after hours of looking everywhere, she has finally decided it is at the attorney's office).  She also sent me to make copies of a very rare book about Huey Long.

Near the end of the day, we loaded all the files into her storage building, went to the post office to mail the copies of the Huey Long book to her friend in France, then stopped at a fried chicken place to buy apple pies to take to the nice men who had fixed her truck.  Her van is still over there, by the way.  They found an engine for it, and will be installing it soon.

From the van we retrieved two canes (no, at age 80 she still does not use a cane, why would that matter?), two umbrellas, books, clothes, moon pies, boxes of crayons, her favorite hat, leg weights, and some glassware, along with other things i cannot remember.  Sometimes by the time i leave that house my brain is so full it is reeling.

She is leaving town soon to go visit her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters, and she is taking the cats with her.  There will be a list waiting for me next Monday of things i can take care of while she's gone.  Wish me luck.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Myanmar

Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing and Celebrations begin -- Japan (the festivities get started around now, and vary by region depending on when the trees bloom in that area over the next 6 weeks)

Commemoration of Sen no Rikyu -- Omotesenke School of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Japan (remembering the influential master in The Way of Tea)

Corkscrew Day -- M.L. Byrn of New York patented "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" on this date in 1860

National "Joe" Day -- no, it isn't official, but today you can make everyone call you "Joe" if you want, and call them the same; probably started by someone who had no memory for names

National Spanish Paella Day

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day -- after all, they do need their own day; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays    

St. John Damascene's Day (Patron of pharmacists, icon paiting, theology students)

St. Rupert of Salzburg's Day (Patron of Salzburg; celebrated on the 24th in the rest of the Church)

World Theatre Day

Anniversaries Today:

Mary Pickford marries Douglas Fairbanks, 1920

Birthdays Today:

Brenda Song, 1988
Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, 1975
Nathan Fillion, 1971
Mariah Carey, 1970
Quentin Tarantino, 1963
Xuxa, 1963
Maria Schneider, 1952
Austin Pendleton, 1940
Michael York, 1942
David Janssen, 1931
Anthony Lewis, 1927
Mstislav Rostropovich, 1927
Sarah Vaughan, 1924
Harold Nicholas, 1921
Gloria Swanson, 1899
Thorne Smith, 1892
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, 1886
Edward Steichen, 1879
Patty Smith Hill, 1868
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, 1845
Nathaniel Currier, 1813

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Starlight Express"(Rock musical), 1984
Funky Winkerbean(Comic strip), 1972
Singin' in the Rain(Film), 1952
"La Rondine/The Swallow"(Puccini Opera), 1917
"The Colleen Bawn"(Play), 1860

Today in History:

Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt, BC196
Pope Clement V excommunicates the entire population of Venice, 1309
Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida, 1513
The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy, 1613
The dike at Hardinxveld breaks, causing the Alblasserwaard flood, 1709
Spain losses Menorca & Gibraltar, 1713
John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster, precursor to the band-aid, 1848
First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans, 1851
M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew), 1860
The first international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, is played in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place, 1871
Famous Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrenders to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars, 1886
The first Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C., 1912
The first successful blood transfusion takes place in Brussels, 1914
Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine, , 1916
Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor, 1931
Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union, 1958
The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage, 1964
The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. 1970
Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins, 1975
The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212, 1980
The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours, 1981
The US FDA approves Viagra, 1998
HMS Scylla (F71), a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe, 2004
The UN General Assembly condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea, 2014
Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M launches to deliver three crew members to the international space station to research the long-term effects of micro gravity, 2015


  1. Dr D sounds like a force of nature. Life would never be dull while she is around.

  2. Dr D sounds like a nice, interesting lady!

  3. That sure is nice of you to do those favors for that nice lady. We know she appreciates it a lot. You all have a wonderful day.

  4. Dr. D sounds quite eccentric. That is sweet that she is taking her cats with her.

  5. My stirring fork for spaghetti is an old wooden fork that my grandmother gave to me that she used in Italy. It has never messed me up. Buongiorno Mimi.

    Cruisin Paolo ( Paul )

  6. I'm exhausted just reading this. What a day and she's 80 and flying around like a teenager. Good for her. I would like this whirlwind.

    I left you a private message yesterday. Did you get it. You'll have to look in your comments to find it. I would be ever so happy if you would respond.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  7. Do you sometimes find yourself wondering if you've wandered into an Amelia Bedelia book?
    I will definitely be wishing you luck!

  8. Wow! Sounds like you stay busy when you are at her house!

  9. Wow, she sounds like an interesting lady. I'm glad she can reach a ripe old age and still eat donuts without worrying. Or maybe she's given up worrying! I am wondering what a pig in a blanket is. Here, it's a sausage wrapped in bacon. We don't have donut shops so perhaps that's where they are sold. (?)